Do you snore loudly and frequently? Do you feel tired throughout the day even though you slept through the night? If so, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea in Gahanna, a serious disorder wherein a person periodically stops breathing throughout the night. We can help you alleviate your symptoms with a small, easy to use oral appliance.
While many people are surprised that their dentist can help their sleeping problems, it’s true! If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms we’ve listed above and just can’t seem to get the rest you need, be sure to contact our office today.
As mentioned above, loud snoring and feeling exhausted throughout the day are common signs of sleep apnea. Additional indicators include:
It is important to note that anyone, regardless of their age, gender, lifestyle choices, or fitness level, can suffer from sleep apnea. If you are suffering symptoms of this condition, you should never conclude that you are too athletic or too young to develop it. With that being said, there are certain groups of individuals who tend to develop this condition more often than others. For example, obese people, particularly those with a large neck circumference, commonly have sleep apnea. It is also quite prevalent in men, older individuals, and people who smoke cigarettes.
While snoring and tiredness might not seem like too big of a deal, sleep apnea is actually an extremely serious condition. Most people need an average of 7 – 9 hours of high-quality sleep each night to function and feel their best. Months or years of not getting that amount of rest can take a toll on systems throughout the body. For example, untreated sleep apnea has been associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Individuals with sleep apnea are also more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by tissues in the throat blocking the upper airway. The goal of sleep apnea treatment, then, is to prevent those tissues from interfering with the free flow of air. Doctors commonly prescribe a CPAP machine to accomplish this. It uses gently pressurized air to keep the airway open. While such a machine is quite effective, many patients complain that it is uncomfortable, noisy, and difficult to travel with.
Dr. Todd and Dr. Buller favor oral appliances rather than a CPAP because the appliances are small, comfortable, and portable. They gently move the jaw forward to help prevent the breathing obstructions associated with sleep apnea. Our SomnoMed and TAP appliances are made of strong and flexible materials that will be custom-fitted to your unique mouth. Most patients notice positive results from their treatment almost immediately after they begin using it.